Former Billings Mustang named manager of New York Yankees

Aaron Boone

Besides Boone, the team interviewed Giants bench coach Hensley Meulens, Dodgers third base coach Chris Woodward, former Indians and Mariners manager Eric Wedge, Yankees bench coach Rob Thomson and the newly retired Carlos Beltran.

Boone said on November 17 that he believes his brief time with the Yankees will help him prepare for the challenges of managing in the NY spotlight.

Cashman made his recommendation to owner Hal Steinbrenner and a contract still has to be worked out.

Like Torre did in 1996, albeit without his previous managerial experience, Aaron Boone also inherits a Yankee team with high expectations, one that got to within one win of reaching the World Series this season. That last part might be one of the main differences between Boone and the man he replaces, Joe Girardi, though we won't know for sure until he start managing some games. "I'm 44 years old now, I've been going to the ballpark since I was 3 and 4 years old and in a way, managing the game from a very young age".

Is Aaron Boone ready to lead the New York Yankees?

No. 2 has a 0-0 record over a span of, you guessed it, zero seasons an Major League Baseball manager, and while his interview sure sounded convincing - "I would say in a way I've been preparing for this job for the last 44 years", he said last month - he is a complete unknown. His grandfather Ray was a major league third baseman and his brother Bret was a four-time All-Star.

Neither Boone nor Meulens have ever managed in the big leagues.

The role has evolved to become a more direct conduit to the front office, with increasing emphasis on tying decisions about lineups and strategies decisions to analytics.

Bob Boone, who managed the Reds for three seasons, says his son has what it takes to succeed with Yankees.

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On the sidelines of the Pac-12 championship game on Friday night stood USC product Aaron Boone, whose life-changing day added a cherry on top when his Trojans upended his father's alma mater, Stanford, for the school's first conference title in football in nine years.

In a conference call with reporters on November 17, after his interview with the Yankees, Boone said he would relish the high-pressure job of managing the storied franchise.

The New York Daily News was the first to report the hiring.

But no one - Cashman included - has any idea how the 2003 postseason hero will handle the pressures of this job. "I engaged him. I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think he has any interest in that position".

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